Firstly, before expounding on antioxidants, you should have a basic understanding of what free radicals are. They destroy healthy cells in your body by tearing through the cell membrane and damaging its structure and function. This can also lead to a process called oxidation. For anti aging skin care matters, oxidation is considered to be one of the main culprits. Although there are internal triggers that cause free radicals, there are also external triggers that are easier to deal with. Smoking, pollution, UV exposure, toxic chemicals and fatigue are examples of those external triggers. It is inevitable to be exposed to these triggers but knowing about them can help you avoid them and take apt precautionary measures for maximum anti aging skin care.
Moving on, antioxidants fight against free radicals. There are antioxidants that are naturally-produced by our bodies but as we are exposed to those that trigger free radicals, we already need supplementation. Antioxidant levels also diminish as we age that we need more supplements as we get older. External antioxidants include vitamin A, C and E, minerals such as selenium and zinc, green tea and of course fruits and vegetables.
Having a healthy diet, with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, is one of the ways to fight free radicals. There are also antioxidant dietary supplements that you can ask your doctor about. And lastly, there are skin care products which contain ingredients with antioxidant properties which is best for anti aging skin care.
Even though a lot of people know about the skin damage the sun can bring, there are still those that take it lightly. People should avoid being exposed to the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., because these are the high intensity hours. As it is inevitable to be exposed to the sun even when you are indoors, it is best to cover up with protective clothing. Wearing long sleeves, hats, sunglasses and etc can be beneficial. On top of all those, you should use sunscreen. Apply sunscreen to the select areas of your skin that are likely more exposed to the sun such as the face, arms, shoulders and upper chest. Ideally, you'll have to use one-fourth of a 4-ounce bottle in one application.
Another main consideration when it comes to anti aging skin care tips is using moisturizers. They prevent and treat dry skin that leads to wrinkling. On top of those, moisturizers can also protect sensitive skin, improve your skin tone and improve your its texture. Choosing a good moisturizer entails knowing your skin type. There may be a need to try several brands before you can find the best one for you. Application of moisturizers should be done immediately after bathing. Putting on moisturizers after lightly patting your skin would make sure that you trap some water in the surface of your cells. There may be a need to put on moisturizers for several occasions, particularly every after cleansing time or if the weather is too cold.
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Article Added on Thursday, March 12, 2009
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